Thoughtpile A pile of thoughts.

Meta: computering and thoughtpile merged

Hi, I just merged https://computering.tastytea.de/ into https://thoughtpile.tastytea.de/. It doesn’t really make sense for me to keep 2 blogs with my low posting frequency and there wasn’t really that big of a difference between the two. Your RSS readers should handle the move automatically for you. Subscribers of computering: Your RSS reader will probably show you old posts as new. That has technical reasons resulting from the domain change (The GUID contains the URL) and I can’t do anything about it, sorry.

How I convert PDFs to EPUB semi-automatically

Sometimes e-books come only in PDF format. Almost always PDFs are a pain to read on e-book readers. You can use Calibre to automatically convert it, but the results are okay-ish at best. If the PDF has footnotes, forget it. Unfortunately, the type of books that most often come only as PDFs are science books and these usually have a lot of footnotes. One option is to use Calibre to convert and then fix the result, but I have found that I get better results in less time when I create a new EPUB, copy the PDF’s content into Emacs, clean it up there and then copy it over to Calibre.

Ideas on a better content warning system for the Fediverse

Content warnings are a more general form of trigger warnings. They are notices that precede potentially sensitive content, so readers can prepare themselves to adequately engage or, if necessary, disengage for their own well-being. How content warnings are handled by current implementations Mastodon and Pleroma abuse the “summary” field in ActivityPub for content warnings.[1][2] The field returned by the Mastodon API is called “spoiler_text”. It’s a simple text field.

Install syncthing on PocketBook

Installing syncthing on a PocketBook is fairly easy, but it requires a bit more setup than on PCs. I’ve tested this with a PB632 (PocketBook Touch HD 3), but it should work on any PocketBook device. Connect your e-reader via USB in “PC link” mode. Create the directory applications/syncthing in the storage device that shows up. Get the latest ARM 32 bit version of syncthing from https://syncthing.net/downloads/ and extract the binary “syncthing” to the directory you just created.

Keep track of what you've read online with remwharead

Today I’d like to talk to you about how I archive articles I read online and how I find them again. I’ve found myself repeatedly in situations where I wanted to reference an article I knew I read, but couldn’t find it anymore. Be it that I didn’t remember the right search terms or that the article had gone offline. I searched for solutions to my problem, but could only find webservices, nothing that would allow me to keep an archive on my local computer.